Now All We Need Is a Title: Famous Book Titles and How They Got That Way

by André Bernard

Hardcover, 1995




W W Norton & Co Inc (1995), Edition: 1st, 144 pages


André Bernard has researched the stories behind more than one hundred of the most famous titles in the English language to produce a fascinating volume rich in literary anecdote and publishing lore. The Great Gatsby was almost titled Trimalchio in West Egg, while some unknown editor told William L. Shirer, ""Please God, don't ask us to publish a book called The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich."" It's a wonderful romp among the literary monuments.Raymond Chandler to Alfred A. Knopf: ""I'm trying to think of a good title for you to want me to change.""

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LibraryThing member Bill_Peschel
Brevity can also be witty. This book tops out at 127 pages, but this is distilled fun, so it can last longer.
LibraryThing member BenKline
Interesting small book on how numerous (mostly famous) books/novels/plays got their titles. Some of these are well known 'facts', some are just quirky anecdotes; there is also a few lists spread throughout as well as numerous old drawings/pictures.

I could have finished this "yesterday" (before Midnight, since it's now 1:33AM), but I had taken the dog for a walk and started doing other stuff, wasn't in a huge hurry to finish it.… (more)


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